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The French filmmaker Agnès Varda, digital camera in hand, roams around her native country recording the movements of gleaners. Traditionally, as in the archetypal Millet painting, gleaners were women who gathered the remains of the harvest; their modern counterparts are mostly scavengers, searching in dumpsters and other likely places. The French, of course, give the practice a wonderfully perverse twist-many gleaners do so by choice, disdainful of wastefulness and rampant consumerism. Varda's photographic eye is much in evidence, and her narration is both shrewd and whimsical. When she leaves a camera on accidentally, she uses the unintended footage to create a "dance of the lens cap," a filmic gleaning that acts as a perfect grace note. In French. -Michael Agger Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker

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Special Features Agnès Varda's exclusive 60-minute sequel THE GLEANERS AND I: TWO YEARS LATER Production notes by Varda Varda filmography Liner notes by New York Times film critic A.O. Scott Optional English subtitles for both films Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer disc

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